Does Vincent Lecavalier Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Vincent Lecavalier is one of those classic “one great year” cases; he was a dominant player for a season or two but, for much of the rest of his career, he was merely good. Was Lecavalier’s peak good enough for him to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Lecvalier’s stats are below:

Career:

  • 1998-2016, 17 seasons, 13 quality
  • 421G, 528A for 949P, -139 in 1212 games; 18:28 ATOI; 102.4 PS
  • Draft: drafted 1st overall in 1998, Lecavalier is
    • 1st in Goals and Points
    • 6th in Assists
    • Last in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Point Shares
  • Era: Of the 50 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1998 and 2016, Lecavalier is:
    • 5th in Goals
    • 7th in GPG
    • 17th in Assists
    • 19th in APG
    • 10th in Points
    • 15th in PPG and Point Shares
    • 11th in Offensive Point Shares
    • Last in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 29G, 36A for 64P, -9
  • 3-year peak (2005-08): 43G, 50A for 93P, -5
  • Possession:
    • 48.8% Corsi For
    • -2 Relative Corsi For
    • 48.6% Fenwick For
    • -2.2 Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 26G, 30A for 56P, +1 in 75 games
  • Adjusted: 471G, 580A for 1051P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 39A for 71P
  • Lecavalier is obviously not on any adjusted Per Game leader boards
  • Traded in the last season of his career:
    • At 35, for Luke Schenn (26), Jordan Weal (23) and a 3rd round pick (yet to play an NHL game).

Accomplishments:

  • Richard (‘07)
  • Clancy (‘08)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting once
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘07)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘07), Top 10 twice (‘08)
  • Scored 50 goals once, 40 goals twice, 35 goals three times, 30 goals five times, 25 goals eight times, 20 goals thirteen times
  • Tallied 50 assists twice, 40 assists six times
  • Scored 100 points once, 90 points twice, 70 points five times, 60 points eight times, 50 points ten times
  • Led the league in Goals once, Top 10 twice
  • Led the league in GPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in PPG once
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 4 All Star Game appearances
  • Monthly Star:
    • Rookie of the Month once
    • 3rd Star twice
  • Weekly Star:
    • 1st Star twice
    • 2nd Star twice
    • 3rd Star once.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Final Four (‘11 Lightning)
    • Top 6 Forward on one Champion (‘04 Lightning)
  • World Cup:
    • Tournament MVP (led team in points) on one Champion (‘04 Canada)


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